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Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors - 53-7081.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Front Load Trash Truck Driver
  • Garbage Man
  • Recycle Driver
  • Refuse Collector
  • Roll Off Container Truck Driver
  • Roll Off Truck Driver
  • Sanitation Laborer
  • Swamper
  • Trash Collector
  • Truck Driver

SOC Occupation Groups

53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
53-7000 Material Moving Workers
53-7080 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
53-7081.00 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Related Occupations


  • Check road or weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.
  • Clean trucks or compactor bodies after routes have been completed.
  • Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
  • Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.
  • Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.
  • Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites.
  • Fill out defective equipment reports.
  • Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
  • Make special pickups of recyclable materials, such as food scraps, used oil, discarded computers, or other electronic items.
  • Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
  • Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.
  • Organize schedules for refuse collection.
  • Provide quotes for refuse collection contracts.
  • Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
  • Sort items set out for recycling and throw materials into designated truck compartments.
  • Tag garbage or recycling containers to inform customers of problems, such as excess garbage or inclusion of items that are not permitted.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean vehicles or vehicle components.
  • Climb ladders or vehicles to perform duties.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials.
  • Estimate costs or terms of sales.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Gather information about work conditions or locations.
  • Inspect motor vehicles.
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition.
  • Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate packing or other material processing equipment.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
  • Prepare accident or incident reports.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
  • Schedule operational activities.
  • Sort materials or objects for processing or transport.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Staff Noncommissioned Officer/Noncommissioned Officer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Garbage Collector